Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Tuesday and Wednesday my folks spent the day with us as their house was getting tented for termites. I could tell the minute that my Dad came in that he wasn't feeling well. He was dizzy, no energy, no appetite, etc. No good. He sat and snuggled a bit with Harley, but he was not himself at all. He had a doctor's appointment yesterday (finally) and they immediately admitted him to the hospital. They are running tests to see what is going on, and hopefully he will be feeling better soon.
On a couple of lighter notes, I've kind of hit a plateau with my weight loss (I've been hovering right around 50 - 51lbs for a week), so I am going to try to kick my exercising up a notch. We've got for a couple of nice long walks this week, up at nearby Lake Miramar - where I've done so much training for the 3Day walks in the past. We are only up to 3 miles at a time so far, which equates to a nice, brisk one hour walk. The dogs love it, and it seems to clear my mind a bit.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Seven years ago today, my father-in-law passed away. Although he and I never had the best of relationships, (I wasn't the Barbie Doll he thought his son deserved) we were amicable, and managed to get along the majority of the time. He was good to my children, and they loved their "Grandpa Bob." When I think of him now, I can't help but remember him on the day this picture was taken. It was the day AJ was born, and I don't think I ever saw him happier than he was on this day. It is a precious memory that I will never let slip too far from my mind.
Another important January 27th for us occurred two years ago. That's the day we picked up this little fellow. Who would have ever thought this little white bundle of fluff would bring so much happiness and fulfillment to our lives. Happy Anniversary of being our boy Kona, and many, many more.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I first discovered Heath Ledger when he was in "The Patriot", with Mel Gibson. His blond curls and fresh face caught my eye. Next he went on to "Monster's Ball", and then to star in "A Knight's Tale" - I loved him in that roll, and of course being the Renaissance Fair fan that I am, it didn't hurt that he was portraying a knight in shining armour.
His break out roll - in my opinion, was in "Brokeback Mountain." Oh, how I loved him as Ennis del Mar. In an interview about "Brokeback Mountain" the author of the story, Annie Proulx stated Ennis Del Mar was a "confused Wyoming ranch hand who finds himself in a personal sexual situation he did not foresee, nor can understand." Yup, that's it in a nutshell, but Ledger's character was lovable, complex, and unforgettable.
One of the rolls he is best known for was his incredible depiction of the "Joker" in the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight." Again, a spectacular performance.
Gone, but not forgotten, Heath Ledger is my crush of the week.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Yes, we're having a grand ol time with the rain and hail...the dogs just love being cooped up in the house for nearly 5 days straight. Ha! Thankfully we have little breaks here and there for them to run out for a potty break. Harley enjoyed being outside just after the hail finished...she put her nose to the west and tried to figure out what all of this stuff is!
We are supposed to have a couple of dry days starting tomorrow. Our fingers, and paws, are crossed!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
We snuck in a quick visit to Fiesta Island last Sunday, just before the rain hit. Jack played ball...All of the dogs enjoyed a good run in the wide open space... And everyone was having a great time, until Jill and Kona decided to take a swim without permission...Hubby was NOT happy.
< Kona and I have been going on lots of therapy visits in the last few weeks. Here he is with his buddies Caleb, Shad, and Happy.
I had a mammogram today...oh joy! One of life's little pleasures...(not)...gotta do whatcha gotta do, right girls! I also saw a movie called "A Single Man" today with a friend. It stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, and Nicholas Hoult. Nicholas Hoult was the little boy who starred with Hugh Grant in "About a Boy" in 2002. I loved that movie, and Nicholas Hoult in it. This was a different kind of role, to say the least. Let's just say that little Nicholas has grown up, my oh my. It was a good movie - different, terribly sad, artistically interesting and not at all what I expected. The story is about a gay couple, one of whom dies at the very beginning of the movie, and how the other partner copes, or doesn't. It is NOT the feel-good movie of the year, but very, very well done. And did I mention Nicholas Hoult? Yeah, I thought so...
Let's see...what else...oh yeah, I am starting a part time job....a rep. for a new company here in town. More on that another time.
Tomorrow I have about 600 things to do, so I'm really looking forward to that....and I'm hoping we have a break from the rain soon. I had to postpone a Golden meetup that we had scheduled for Saturday. We had over 70 members RSVP'd for a hike in a local canyon....um, yeah, that's not going to happen with this rain. The ranger actually called me to tell me they closed the canyon to the public, but they would allow our group in if we were really set on going. Thanks for that, but I think we'll pass. 70 wet, muddy dogs? No thanks!
Take a couple of minutes, and watch the power of patience, love, and trust. It's pretty incredible.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador Retriever sitting there. 'You talk?' he asks. 'Yep,' the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'
The lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'
'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.'
Monday, January 18, 2010
I'm going to start a "Crush of the Week" game for anyone that is interested. Much like the A-Z Monday game, there aren't a bunch of rules to follow...it's just something fun to do.
It will be as simple as this. Sometime during the day on Tuesday, pick a person (preferably a celebrity of some sort, or other at least somewhat recognizable face) and tell us why that person is your "crush of the week." This isn't gender specific, I've got a whole list of people to blog about - mostly men, but several women as well. You also don't have to pick someone that is current. If you want to write about Tony Curtis and how adorable he was in "Houdini" in 1953, go for it! It's all up to you. Write as much or as little as you'd like, and include a picture if you can.
One last thing, let me know if you are playing along, and link to my blog when you post. I'll put up a list of anyone that is participating.
And now, without further adieu, my Crush of the Week for this week is Ted Neeley.
If you are familiar with the 1973 film/rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" you'll know who Ted Neeley is. He played Jesus in the film, and has continued to portray him on the stage ever since. I have had the pleasure of seeing him perform in person on a number of occasions (4 or 5 times that I can think of off the top of my head) and he has always given a tremendous performance. The most recent occasion that I saw him was last night, here in San Diego. I took the girls with me, and the three of us enjoyed each and every second of the evening.
Ted Neeley is no spring chicken anymore. He was 30 when he starred in the film and is now a spry 66 years old! His hair is a bit thinner, his abs are just a wee bit less firm than they used to be, and his voice was probably only at about 99% of what it used to be. In other words, he was still AWESOME!
It was such a pleasure to see him still rockin it with the younger cast, all of whom were young enough to be his children, or even grandchildren! He had a brilliant supporting cast, but he still carried the show. The only disappointing part of the evening was that he didn't exit the theater with the rest of the cast. The younger members of the cast came out, signed programs, posed for pictures with fans (yes, I got several with the girls) and chatted with the waiting crowd. We waited and waited, but as the rain started to come down in buckets, and all of the other cast members had left, we decided it was time to give up. It was still a very magical evening though, and something we will always remember.
Thank you Ted Neeley, for over 30 years of wonderful memories. You certainly deserve to be my #1 crush of the week!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I received this link from the coordinator of the "de-stress day" Kona and I attended in December at UCSD. It's a great collection of pictures from the UCSD photo club, and Kona is prominently featured in several of the pics! I enjoyed looking through them to see all of the different sizes and shapes therapy animals (all dogs, in this case) come in.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Ok, now Pickle is going to teach you how to do a "high 5"...
We'll start with Harley.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year. Check out this impromptu performance... It's all attitude. Enjoy!!
I sure hope I'll be doing stuff like that when I'm near 90...I suppose I should learn how to play piano first, huh?
Monday, January 11, 2010
A friend of mine has been sharing these pictures with me - he will be getting one of these babies before too long. What a wonderful handful he will have!
And now, I present to you a litter of 11 Golden Retriever puppies. Consider yourself warned!
Here they are at 1 week old...
Here they are at 15 days old!
**All pictures are courtesy of Bubba's Person - David Shannahoff-Khalsa
If Hubby and I didn't have a "pinky-swear" agreement to not get any more dogs, I'd be going for a visit! If you live in the southern California area and are considering welcoming a perfect Golden Retriever puppy into your life and would like the breeder's contact information, leave me a comment and I will get the info to you.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
What a mistake that was.
The sunset was spectacular! Thankfully I had my iPhone with me and was able to capture at least a little of the majesty of it.
No photo shop used, no enhancement on the color, just Mother Nature, and God's paint pallet.